Synopses & Reviews
My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues — death, love, art, fear — and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.
“Intense and utterly honest....There is something ceaselessly compelling about Knausgaard's book: even when I was bored, I was interested.” James Wood, The New Yorker
“Until the recent publication of My Struggle, a 3,600-page work in six volumes, the career of the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard had followed a fairly conventional trajectory: A young man besotted by the beauty of words, nature, music and painting writes a coming-of-age novel that earns him prizes and praise and then tries something more ambitious, which becomes an international best seller and wins more prizes. But with his latest project, My Struggle, whose title deliberately evokes Hitlers infamous autobiography and political screed, everything has changed. Though My Struggle, a minutely detailed examination of Mr. Knausgaards family life, has done extremely well in Europe — in Norway, about half a million copies have been sold, the equivalent of one for every 10 people — it has also put Mr. Knausgaard (pronounced Kuh-NOWS-guard) squarely at the center of a debate about literary ethics and made him a kind of bad boy of European letters.” Larry Rohter, The New York Times
“Knausgaard's intense, hungry prose propels the reader forward....A fantastic novel....I cannot say anything other than that I am looking forward desperately to the rest of it.” Dagsavisen
“The Norwegian public have fallen on their knees in awe of this ambitious author, and with good reason....Knausgaard's realism and literary skills are...raw and fearless.” Information
“Knausgaard's thinking is magnificently unbridled.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“Certainly, Knausgaard's strength lies in his detailed descriptions of nature and the human psyche. But it is the gravity and truth occurring between the lines that make this text authentic and necessary.” WUZ
“I can't stop, I want to stop, I can't stop, just one more page, then I will cook dinner, just one more page...” Västerbottens-kuriren
A New York Times bestseller, My Struggle: Book 1 introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues--death, love, art, fear--and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.
About the Author
Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Oslo in 1968. His first novel, Out of the World, was published in 1998 and won the Norwegian Critics Literary Prize for Fiction — the first time a debut had won that award. His second novel, A Time for Everything, came out six years later, won multiple prestigious prizes, and was named one of the 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years by Norway's major newspaper; it was his first book to be translated into English (“Strange and marvelous,” said The New York Review of Books). With the publication of the first volume of My Struggle in 2009, he became a household name in Norway. He now lives in Österlen in rural Sweden with his wife and their three children.